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Global Career Tech Education Podcast Ep.19 w/Aaron Singh & New York Harbor School Vessel Operations

Updated: Jun 26, 2023


Dive into Global CTE Podcast Episode 19, where host Sylvester Chisom engages in a captivating conversation with Aaron Singh and the students from the New York Harbor School Vessel Operations. Discover how this unique program is transforming maritime education and making CTE learning exciting through hands-on experiences. You won't want to miss this insightful episode as it explores the future of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and connecting academics with real-world applications.


-The Importance of Hands-On Learning

-Experiences in the Vessel Operations program

-Exploring Maritime Careers

-The Billion Oyster Project

-Hands-on Learning and Different Learning Styles

-The Importance of Funding and Workforce Development

-Simulation vs. Real-Life Training

-Alumni Success Stories

Captain Aaron Singh Bio

Captain Aaron Singh has been sailing for the last 25 years on a wide variety of Tall Ships of America member and commercial passenger vessels. His love for being on the water began aboard a Sea Scout ship sailing out of City Island in the Bronx, NY. As so many sailors before him, the volunteer program at South Street Seaport Museum introduced him to schooners and subsequently led him to command every vessel that has operated out of South Street Seaport from a 600 passenger high speed ferries to wooden tug boats to Gloucester fishing schooners. In 2010, Captain Singh joined the teaching staff at the New York Harbor School on Governors Island and created a three-year New York State certified Maritime Career and Technical Education Program for Vessel Operations. The program offers hands on practical training in one of the busiest Harbors in the United States. Many

students enter the workforce on commercial vessels or choose to attend a Maritime Colleges often pursuing seagoing careers. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the school’s Waterfront Director overseeing marine operations on Governors Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a variety of historic and modern training vessels. When he’s not in the classroom you can find him hiking, biking, sailing and road tripping with his amazing seagoing family.

New York Harbor School Sophomore Vessel Operations in New York City.

This program prepares students for careers as licensed deck crews, as well as serving as a stepping stone into management and operations positions aboard small passenger vessels and commercial towing units. Vessel operations students will receive extensive theoretical and practical training in navigation, boat handling, seamanship, safety and industry rules and standards. Students train on the school’s vessels and through internships in the marine field during their last two years in the program. Internships will provide excellent opportunities to apply for positions upon graduation.

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